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Nurses Aide/Nursing Assistant Salary Information

During 2009, the average hourly pay for nursing assistants was about $12.00 per hour, while the average annual salary for these specialists was $24,980. Median yearly salaries for nursing assistants fell anywhere from $17,510-33,970 a year. Salaries for nursing aides in the bottom 10th percentile make less than $17,510, while those in the upper 10th percentile made over $33,970 a year.

During 2009, the largest number of attendants, orderlies, and nursing aides worked at nursing care clinics, averaging about $24,080 a year. Other organizations where these specialists worked include surgical and general medical hospitals, $26,540; assisted living facilities, $23,320; home health care provider companies, $23,070; and government agencies, $27,140.

In 2009, attendants, orderlies, and nursing aides employed with air transportation companies earned the largest annual salaries, averaging about $41,720 a year. Other industries where these specialists earned high salaries include scientific research firms, $35,000; vocational schools, universities, and colleges, $29,340; services that provide grants, $27,890; and boarding and rooming facilities, $27,800.

Likewise, during this same time, attendants, orderlies, and nursing aides working in Alaska enjoyed the largest annual salaries, averaging over $32,000. These specialists also earned high wages in these states: Connecticut, $30,040; Hawaii, $30,500; New York, $30,850; and Nevada, $30,970.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that job opportunities for orderlies and nursing aides are projected to increase by 18 percent until 2018. During 2008, most attendants, orderlies, and nursing aides were employed in the social assistance and healthcare industries.

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